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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care
INTENSIVE CARE SMART 2003 - Milan, may 28-30
Minerva Anestesiologica 2003 April;69(4):210-3
Fever in intensive care: an open problem
Gattoni C., Fumagalli R.
Dipartimento Anestesia e Rianimazione Azienda Ospedaliera Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca, Bergamo, Italia
Fever is one of the most aspecific marker of disease, it is considered a protective host defense response and it is the result of a reset of the hypothalamic thermostat.
Fever is a common problem in ICU patients and it is associated with infective and non infective causes.
Fever presenting in ICU should always be a source of concern and the first and immediate priority is to determine its clinical significance.